Prince Charles’s reception speech about changing Harry’s nappies

‘He’s turned out well’: Prince Charles’s emotional wedding reception speech about changing Harry’s nappies before the groom has guests rolling in the aisles with his gag-packed address

  • Prince Charles’s speech went down well with the guests at St George’s Hall
  • He joked about changing his son’s nappies in a speech to around 600 guests 
  • Elton John then played a number of songs on the guests, with some crying 

Prince Charles’s ‘off the cuff’ speech at Harry’s wedding reception was well received by guests, as he made jokes about changing his son’s nappy, a guest revealed.

The next in line to the throne joked with guests at the afternoon reception in St George’s Hall, which was hosted by the Queen, as Charles claimed Prince Harry had ‘turned out well’.

After the speech, Elton John performed a number of songs to the 600 guests in attendance who tucked into canapes and cake.

A guest at the reception said: ‘There was no mention of Diana in the speeches. Charles spoke about feeding Harry a bottle and changing his nappy, and then said look how well he turned out. That’s about as embarrassing as it got.’

Doria Ragland and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leave St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle following the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The roadster, which is adapted from a 1968 version to include a zero emissions electric motor and plug-in battery, costs a cool £350,000

Prince Harry is said to have also wowed the audience with his ‘off the cuff’ comments about the American guests, and was cheered when he referred to himself and Meghan as ‘my wife and I’.

He told the People: ‘He promised that all the Americans wouldn’t steal the swords and said “Please, when you leave, be quiet as you don’t want to wake the neighbours”, which was quite fun.

‘It did feel we were really part of their very special occasion, which was great.’ 

They added: ‘Prince William acted as a compere and introduced Charles, then Harry.’

Elton John was then introduced by Prince William, who asked if anyone in the crowd could play piano.

He then started playing after a brief lull, starting with Your Song before also playing Tiny Dancer, Circle of Life and I’m Still Standing.  

‘He was incredible. It became like a mini-concert in the reception area,’ said one guest. ‘Some people were even crying.’

The reception included the cutting of the lemon and elderflower-flavoured wedding cake.

Prince Harry took his new wife Meghan Markle out for a spin in a Jaguar that was hailed as ‘the most beautiful electric car in the world’

The revamped classic car’s number plate read ‘E190518’ – a tribute to the newlywed’s wedding date. It also had an EU stamp on the plate 

Later in the evening, they travelled to Frogmore House in Windsor Great Park. 

In fact, their dinner party had more in common with a West End club night than a traditional wedding breakfast, with Harry’s favourite House tracks ‘curated’ by DJ Sam Totolee (who also performed at Pippa Middleton’s wedding), a ‘drinks of the world’ themed bar, and candyfloss and ‘dirty burgers’ as midnight snacks. 

There was something of a carnival atmosphere in the gardens of the 230-year-old stately home, which once belonged to King George III. These days it is used mainly for entertaining.

The sit-down dinner was strictly organic, sourced at the request of Prince Charles, and the light-bite canapes were themed ‘spring meets summer’. The meal, paid for by the Prince of Wales, started at 7.30pm and finished at around 10pm.

Its three courses were understood to have been peppered with ‘naughty’ speeches from Prince William and a joint effort from Tom Inskip, known as ‘Skippy’ and Tom Van Straubenzee. Any crude nods to Prince Harry’s playboy past were held back until the older guests had departed.

Inskip – Harry’s closest confidante – was also under strict instructions to downplay Prince Harry’s Las Vegas trips – all before he met Meghan.

They travelled in a converted electric car to the English country house, which stands in the home park of Windsor Castle and is part of the Crown Estate

Guests are also understood to have returned to London late last night for an ‘after-after party’ at celebrity favourite Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone. Another party had been planned in a soundproofed private home in Chelsea.

It was quite a contrast with the earlier ‘stand-up’ wedding breakfast in Windsor Castle’s St George’s Hall, which saw 600 guests enjoy ‘bowl food’ and canapes such as Scottish langoustines wrapped in smoked salmon, croquette of confit Windsor Lamb and champagne and pistachio macarons. 

Harry and his father then gave speeches. Suhani Jalota, the founder of the India-based Myna Mahila charity, said of Harry’s speech: ‘He was talking about his wife. Everybody was clapping because it was the first time he was using that term for Meghan so it was really nice.’   

Fireworks go off in the distance as Harry and Meghan party into the night at Frogmore House


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